Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Gulden Draak is a high fermentation beer with secondary fermentation. For the secondary fermentation, wine yeast is used. The white bottle, the black banner, the golden dragon and the red letters, constitute a stylish result that has no equal among the many Belgian special beers. Gulden Draak can be drunk as an aperitif or dessert, or whenever you have the time to sit back and relax. But this barley wine is also perfect with and in stews, especially the Ghent variety. It is also a plus in sauces for red meat, such as a bordelaise. It is particularly suited as a dessert beer, especially in combination with dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
shotgun1431 (126) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2004
One of the best looking beers I've seen. Dark red with a tan head. Aroma is of malt and sweetness. Taste is very sweet and you can taste lots of alcohol. Looks better than it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 (Bottled, 0.75l) Hazy, very dark ruby brown with a very large, fluffy-foamy and tanned head. Sweet, grainy-malty aroma with lots of dried fruit and hints of strawberry. Very syrupy-caramely-malty, mildly roasty, very fruity and somewhat alcoholic flavor. Medium to full-bodied, syrupy-sweet, alcoholic and foamy-carbonated palate. More bearable when warm and with yeast, but still quite sweet, grainy-alcoholic and straightforward overall. (Bottled, 0.33l, rated 4/8/2004, was 7-4-6-4-13=3.4) Very dark red color with a huge, off-white head. Very malty and sweet, rye pudding aroma. Sweet and sour rye pudding flavor. Full-bodied, sweet and slicky, sticky palate. A very nice, full and sweet brew for the easter. A bit too sweet during other times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Huge frothy light-brown head that is there for a while. Dark red body. Aroma is dry lemon, bread, maybe some strawberry or other berry, and band-aid. Seems complex, but light. Has a fairly thick mouthfeel. Tastes a bit dry and sweet with sort of a lemony hop background, sweet toast, very light sweet coffee or toffee, and some fruit again. Also has some kind of rusty taste to it, but not so much that it is bad. I can tell its a strong beer, but there is nothing overpowering in that arena. Overall, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2004
25 cL, draught, but served under sub-optimal conditions for rating. A clear, deep red beer with a creamy, beige head. Very sweet and bitter; the high alcohol content was apparent immediately and lingered in the long aftertaste. Mouthfeel was smooth and greasy. A good beer, though the alcohol was too dominant for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Love the white bottle. Murky, deep brown. A peach colored, small head. Aroma has cherry, vanilla and wood. The flavor is very complex. Maple and some apricot dominate the flavor up. It gets to be a little much on the sweetness. This is still very good. I just wish they would balance the sweetness a little more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
I have yet to be let down by Brouwerij Van Steenberge. This was a great way to celebrate my 200th beer. Slighty sweet, however some bitter notes come through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Interesting white bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color, held up to the light a deep cherry color, generous head. Aroma of dark fruit, plum, cherry, caramel, sweet malt. Flavor is sweet, plenty of fruit and caramel again, alcohol finish. Full bodied, alcohol comes through, but doesn't hinder the drinking. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Odd, pours a nice opaque color with nice jumpy head. Smells of spice, wood and some citrus. Sharp pepper blast, with malts and very mild hop snap. Alcohol sting, kills a bit of the mouthfeel. Not a highly drinkable brew, but a great sipper and was wonderful with chocolate cream pie. Odd, unusual, very different and very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Deep ruby body, tan head. Sweet, malty aroma. Bready, yeasty flavor, some candy sugar as well. Sweet, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 Incredible. One of the best beers I have ever had. Full rich aroma, smells like a fruit party in my nose. Rich creamy head puncuated by a rich creamy flavor. Great everything! Loved the experience of drinking this beer. Although I shouldn't have had it with chicken.

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